(AllHipHop News) Nicki Minaj started a media firestorm last summer when the Young Money rapper used her acceptance speech at the 2014 BET Awards to let the world know “when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it.” Many observers took the statement as a subliminal shot at Iggy Azalea, or at the very least it was a public declaration that Nicki does not need help writing her rhymes.
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According to her ex-boyfriend, that’s not true. Safaree “SB” Samuels stopped by Power 105’s The Breakfast Club this week, and during the interview he told the audience he regularly assisted Nicki in her writing process.
“When you try to pull me down and discredit what I’ve done for you – that’s what’s weak to me,” said Safaree. “Don’t say, ‘I don’t have no talent.’ Because every time it came to writing raps and doing music – it was me, her, and a beat. She doesn’t do it by herself. It’s me and her.”
When co-host Charlamagne Tha God brought up the time Nicki “s**tted on” other people for not writing their own lyrics at the BET Awards, SB just remained quiet. He did add that all artists get help crafting songs in the studio.
Nicki has been insistent throughout her career that she writes all her own material. When a dust-up with New Jersey emcee Ransom took place in 2013 over perceived claims he wrote for Nicki before she was famous, the leader of the Barbz responded by saying, “I’m undisputed, because I’m the only female rapper that day one – I don’t need no motherf**king ghostwriter.”
For years there had been speculation that Safaree worked closely with Nicki on her music. But this is the first time SB has publicly announced his direct involvement in co-writing the YMCMB entertainer’s rhymes.
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Watch Safaree Samuels interview below.